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Top New Year’s Eve Parties in Charleston

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 26 Dec, 2016
fireworks on new years eve

What will you be doing for New Year’s Eve? If you are still looking for the perfect party, we have a list you are going to love. We are lucky to be living in what many in the United States consider to be one of the most romantic cities in the country, thanks to its aesthetic appeal and old-world charm. We’re also lucky to be living in a city that knows how to ring in the New Year with a great celebration!

Whether you are looking for a couple’s night out or something you can enjoy with the whole family, you will find it in Charleston. Here are just a few of the things the city has planned for … Read More

 

5 Ways to Prevent Your Guests from Drinking and Driving

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 19 Oct, 2016
teenagers-at-halloween-party

If you are hosting a Halloween party this season, you will want to be sure that you aren’t letting your guests drink too much alcohol and then drive home. Not only could you be held civilly liable, but you don’t want to live with the knowledge that your lack of actions had any part in the injury or death of someone else.

Keeping your guests from drinking and driving doesn’t meant that you have to stock your bar with soft drinks, it just means that you have to pay attention to what’s going on. Here are five great tips to help ensure that your guests make it home safely.

1. Skip the

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Keep Friends from Driving Drunk on St. Patrick’s Day

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 04 Mar, 2016

One of the best things you can do for a friend on St. Patrick’s Day is to prevent them from drinking and driving. The upcoming holiday is perhaps one of the busiest for law enforcement officials who say that it is also one of the deadliest. If you find yourself faced with a situation in which a loved one is too tipsy to drive, here are some things you can do:

1. Stay calm. You don’t want to end up in argument with a friend that will have them leaving in a huff. Be non-confrontational but matter-of-fact. Let your friend know that you care about their safety and offer options for their getting home.… Read More

 

Motorcyclist Fatality on SC-544

Posted by Mary Lightman on 22 Oct, 2015

download (26)A motorcyclist is dead after an accident early Sunday morning on SC-544 after being struck by another vehicle.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 2:25 a.m. The driver of a 1995 Acura was traveling west on SC-544 and attempted to travel left on US-17. The Harley was traveling east on 544, the Acura then attempted to make a left turn and then struck the motorcycle.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol has identified the motorcyclist as Jonathon Kyle Martin, 32. Martin was transported to an area hospital, but later died as the result of … Read More

 

Prevent DUIs with Universal Ignition Interlock Devices

Posted by Gary Christmas on 03 Apr, 2015

In South Carolina, certain DUI defendants are required to have ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles. These devices are used to make sure that people cannot drive drunk again after they have been convicted of this offense. The ignition interlock device makes the driver blow into a breathalyzer and have his blood alcohol concentration tested before the car starts. The vehicle doesn’t operate if the driver’s BAC is too high, so the driver literally cannot drive drunk.

While ignition interlock devices are used nationwide for DUI defendants after conviction, new research… Read More

 

Sheriff Resigns after DWI Crash involving Injury

Posted by Gary Christmas on 04 Feb, 2015

images (3)After a flurry of controversy and personal soul searching, Berkley County Sheriff, Wayne DeWitt has tendered his resignation.  This move comes following his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol and his part in an accident involving a 21-year-old driver that Dewitt hit.   South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley has accepted Dewitt’s resignation.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported that Dewitt had been driving his Ford pickup truck when he crashed into the back of another vehicle.  The accident occurred at the intersection of Red Bank Road and Henry Brown Boulevard.  … Read More

 

Third Victim of November 8th Crash Laid To Rest

Posted by Mary Lightman on 28 Nov, 2014

download (69)The third victim of the November 8th tragic accident was laid to rest by friends and family Saturday. Corey Simmonds, who was interred Saturday, along with his girlfriend, Jessica Ann Roberts and seventeen-year-old Amber Hope Perkins were all killed by driver Riley McDermott.  McDermott lost control of his Ford F-150 and crossed the double yellow, driving straight into the Nissan Altima that was being driven by Simmonds. McDermott was drunk at the time of the accident. Also injured in the incident were Cheyenne Perkins and Samantha Roberts who remain hospitalized. McDermott was in court… Read More

 

Halloween Arrests for Drunken Driving Are Over 500

Posted by Mary Lightman on 15 Nov, 2014

download (29)As a result of the state’s “Booze it & Lose It” initiative this year, there were nearly six hundred arrests. With around four hundred law enforcement agencies participating statewide, the effort netted and additional 16,854 criminal and traffic citations on top of the already impressive five hundred eighty-three DUI arrests. After the end of the three day initiative that ran from October 31 to November 2 Wake County topped the charts with the most arrests while Brunswick County only had twenty-one.  Mecklenburg County, Forsyth County and Guilford County fell … Read More

 

Two Dead and One Injured In Sunday Crash

Posted by Mary Lightman on 26 Oct, 2014

An early morning crash Sunday Donald Lee Parduehas left two people dead and another injured.

According to reports, Billy Blackwelder, who was driving, and Eric Morris, who has in the front passenger’s seat, were both pronounced dead at the scene and the rear passenger, Kathleen Copenhaver, suffered injuries that required her to be transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred when Blackwelder lost control of the Jeep Cherokee he was driving when he attempted to take a turn at too high a speed. Blackwelder went off the road and into the median where he then over-corrected and sent… Read More

 

On-Duty Officer Wrecks His Cruiser & Is Charged with DUI

Posted by Mary Lightman on 17 Oct, 2014

khawkins04While the Spartanburg Police Department has not yet verified his employment with their department; records from the South Carolina Highway Patrol indicate that a Spartanburg police officer has been arrested on DUI charges.

The officer in question, Derrick Canada, 36, of Lyman, was apparently attempting to make a right hand turn when he ran his 2010 Chevy Impala cruiser into a tree instead. In accordance with state law, the Highway Patrol assumed jurisdiction over the investigation. After Canada was released from the Spartanburg Regional Hospital, he was booked on a DUI charge.

If you or a … Read More